The Messiah Messenger > The December Messenger Issue #546
The December Messenger Issue #546

Nov 27, 2013

The Messiah
MESSENGER

Christmas Services

Sunday, Dec. 22 @ 10:15am
Sunday School Program

Tuesday, Dec. 24 @ 4:00pm
Family Christmas Eve

Tuesday, Dec. 24 @ 10:15pm
Candle Light
Christmas Eve

Wednesday, Dec. 25 @ 10:15am
Christmas Day Service

Sunday, Dec. 29 @ 10:15am
Hymn Fest


FROM THE PASTOR   
HOPE
This is truly a season to be hopeful. People around the world are preparing for Christmas and the hope that the Christ child brings. In central Illinois, organizations like ELCA Disaster Relief and LSSI are bringing hope to those who lost so much in the November tornadoes. Around Messiah, HOPE is found in the sparkle of the children’s eyes, the appearance of boots, gloves, hats and food for those who are in need. HOPE is also found in the ecumenical relationships of which Messiah participates.
This month, the John 17 Fellowship will be offering a community service of Advent Lessons and Carols on Dec. 8 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Glenview.
The HOPE that this service brings is “that all may be one” as we await the coming of Jesus. The John 17 Fellowship began in June as a response to the Chicago diocese goal for ecumenism conversations. Currently, Messiah participates with St. Isaac Jogues and Holy Trinity Lutheran – Glenview. The monthly conversations have been filled with HOPE and the group came up with the name John 17 Fellowship as the focus in the 17th chapter of the Gospel of John is “that all may be one.”
As we are all brought together through the promise of God made flesh in the person of Jesus Christ, we are given HOPE. HOPE that we have eternal life, HOPE that God will continue to gift us with Grace, HOPE that Christ will come again.   
In this season of HOPE, my prayer for you is that you find HOPE in all that God offers us … things not of this world, but of the heavenly realm.

Hope in Christ,
Pastor Lynne


“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.”

NOTEWORTHY NEWS   
MAP IN PROGRESS!
Walls are going up!

The Messiah Accessibility Project is showing visible progress. As sections of the walls are completed, insulation has been added (sprayed-on application) and the face brick is being laid. The exterior walls are expected to be completed by the time you read this.
The next visible activity will be the roof timbers and roof decking. The roof is expected to be completed by Christmas.
The gas line has been completed for the new HVAC unit which will be placed on the pad just south of the addition. This line may be used temporarily to heat a tent for the completion of the walls. A new, larger electrical panel has been installed in the “Carillon Closet” to handle the additional requirements of the addition. Sidewalk and ramp construction will be done before the snow flies.
Then will come the windows and doors and focus will move to interior work. Current estimate is that we will be able to “move in” by the end of January.   

NEW MEMBERS JOINED
On November 3rd as part of our celebration of baptism on All Saints Sunday, we welcomed some new members to Messiah!
Erik Grove – Erik is Susan Rice’s nephew. He was confirmed here, and he and his wife Lynne were married by Pastor Paul. His family has been coming for a while now, and we are excited to welcome him as a new member.
Larry and Jeanne Dumerer – Larry and Jeanne have been attending for the last year or so. They are thrilled to be part of the Messiah family.

EC CORNER
Highlights from November 18th meeting:
•   Will begin working on 2014 budget soon
•   Use of Facilities agreements for 2014 were made available and we will begin the process of “re-upping” our groups for the new year.
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October Attendance
10/6=62, 10/13=64, 10/20=79, 10/27=77
October Giving (Gen. Fund)
10/6=$949, 10/13=$1336, 10/20=$7271, 10/27=$3307
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MESSIAH CHRISTMAS CHARITIES
The Giving Tree
In the hallway by the church office is a Christmas Tree to be covered with hats, gloves and scarves. We will collect these through December 15th, at which time we will ship our goods to The Night Ministry in Chicago, who will hand out these items to those in need. We ask that you bring heavy duty adult items – children’s sizes are not needed. Menards and WalMart often have these items on sale around this time of year. Thank you for your participation.
An added note …
Many thanks to those who have donated their time to our Assistance Ministry! This operation has gotten organized and is running very well. So much so, that here are some requests for additional items – donations of gloves, hats and socks are appreciated. We will keep back some of the items collected for the Night Ministry to donate to our Assistance folks as well. They can be left in the baskets in the narthex. Remember … think WARM!


50/50 RAFFLE
Messiah had budgeted $3,000 income from fundraising for 2013. To date there has been no income from fundraising, so we are holding a Cash Raffle, or as it sometimes referred a 50/50 raffle to try and produce these funds.
We will try to sell 500 tickets at $20 each. We need to sell a minimum of 300 to meet our budgeted goal of $3,000 (half the money goes to prizes and half to Messiah). Any monies raised above this amount will be used at our discretion. We currently plan to make a donation to typhoon Haiyan relief efforts but we can also decide to use funds for aid to tornado victims in Illinois or as additional income for Messiah.
We would ask all active members at Messiah to sell tickets to their family, friends and neighbors. The success of this event depends on membership participation in the selling of tickets. The drawing is scheduled for noon on Sunday December 15th. On Sunday November 17th, we distributed 150 tickets to members, so we need many more members to step in and help sell chances for this event. Please see Larry Ryczek or any member of the EC to obtain tickets for sale and/or to return the money and ticket stubs for the ones you’ve sold.


UPCOMING EVENTS
PLEASE check with church office before you schedule an event – there is a room assignment calendar maintained by the Office Administrator

COMMUNITY ADVENT SERVICE
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4pm
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Central & Shermer in Glenview
In the season of Advent the Church throughout the world waits to receive New Life in the Person of Jesus. Our waiting this year includes an opportunity to be with Christians long separated from each other. The Service of Lessons & Carols will find people of faith singing and praying with one voice. Invite a neighbor who may belong to a church different from our own to join us. Service is being planned by Holy Trinity, St. Isaac Jogues and Messiah Lutheran.   

SUNDAY SCHOOL
CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
Sunday, Dec. 22nd at 10:15AM
Please join us for a special Christmas program. We have an active and lively group of Sunday School students, so please plan on attending this wonderful event to share this exciting time of year with our youngest members!

EMPTY BOWLS AT OAKTON
Saturday, December 7, 10:30-2pm
Head on over to OCC for the Ceramics Club’s wonderful charity program. Buy a unique ceramic bowl from Oakton’s Pottery Department, and share a bowl of soup with hundreds of others from the community. Proceeds go to fight hunger in Maine Township and our surrounding area. Bowls go FAST, get there early!   

ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS!
There are a number of different Christmas program opportunities this year, everything from Carthage Christmas to the Jazz Nativity. Be SURE to check the bulletin board by the church office for more information about these and other celebrations of the coming of Christ!

REMINDERS FOR DECEMBER
Women’s Service Group – No work day in December, we will plan and take inventory.
Brotherhood Breakfast – Saturday, December 14th at 9am. All men at Messiah are invited! We meet at Just Like Home, 8501 W Dempster Street in Niles. Good conversation and food.

COMING IN JANUARY
Annual Report
SouperBowl of Caring Collection


THIS MONTH IN WORSHIP

Dec 1   First Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 2:1–5
Psalm: Psalm 122
2nd Lesson: Romans 13:11–14
Gospel: Matthew 24:36–44   
SS: Christmas Program Rehearsal   
CHAT: Advent Reflections   
CONF: Lord’s Prayer #1: What is prayer?

Dec 8   Second Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 11:1–10
Psalm: Psalm 72:1–7, 18–19
2nd Lesson: Romans 15:4–13
Gospel: Matthew 3:1–12   
SS: Christmas Program Rehearsal   
CHAT: Advent Reflections   
CONF: Lord’s Prayer #2: The Lord’s Prayer

Dec 15   Third Sunday in Advent
1st Lesson: Isaiah 35:1–10
Psalm: Psalm 146:5–10
2nd Lesson: James 5:7–10
Gospel: Matthew 11:2–11   
SS: Christmas Program Rehearsal   
CHAT: Advent Reflections   
CONF: Lord’s Prayer #3: Personal Prayer

CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICES SCHEDULE
(NO CHRISTIAN LEARNING TIME)
Sunday, Dec. 22
@ 10:15am   Sunday School Program
Our Sunday School will present their program during the “Word” portion of our service.
Tuesday, Dec. 24
@ 4:00pm   Family Christmas Eve
Our extremely popular Family Service, with kid-friendly worship and a convenient start time.
Tuesday, Dec. 24
@ 10:15pm   Candle Light Christmas Eve
Traditional late-night “Lessons and Carols” Christmas Eve service.
Wednesday, Dec. 25
@ 10:15am   Christmas Day Service
A celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Dec 29   First Sunday of Christmas
1st Lesson: Isaiah 63:7–9
Psalm: Psalm 148
2nd Lesson: Hebrews 2:10–18
Gospel: Matthew 2:13–23   
No Sunday School   
No CHAT Room
No Class

THIS MONH IN WORSHIP

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS
   Dec. 1   Dec. 8   Dec. 15   Dec. 22   Dec. 24   Dec. 24   Dec. 25   Dec. 29
   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   10:15am   4:00pm   10:15pm   10:15am   10:15am
Acolytes   Nick L   Michael Y   Haley L   Thomas Y   Michael Y   *   Thomas Y   Arden S
Communion Assistants   Rich L   Floyd Y   Teresa L   Floyd Y   Floyd Y   *   Floyd Y   Debbie S
Readers   Phil H   Ann W   Rich L   Mark W   NA   Multiple   Jennie R   Susan R
Worship Assistants   David S   Karen B   Vikki H   Andy T   Trygve J   *   Diane B   Cindy N
Projection   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   Jim H   NA   NA   NA   Jim H
Ushers   Susan R
Steve Y   Susan R
Steve Y   Susan R
Steve Y   Susan R
Steve Y   *   Dave K
Connie K   Susan B   Susan R
Connie K
Greeters   Diane W   Connie K   Diane W   Diane W   *   *   NA   Diane W
Altar Guild   *   *   Kathi S   Sue K   Kathi S   *   *   *
Counters   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   Paul H,
*   NA   NA   NA   Paul H,
*
IMPORTANT NOTICE for READERS – your readings will now be emailed to you the week before you read, and a hardcopy left for you in the Sacristy that Sunday. We hope this makes it easier for you so you don’t have to remember to bring your reading with you.

FLOWERS AND BULLETINS
Sunday   Flowers are given …    Bulletins are given …
The sign-ups for flowers and bulletins are in the narthex by the hall to the Educational Wing. Flowers are $30, and the Bulletins are $10. Envelopes are provided next to the sign-up calendar, or you may simply write “Flowers” or “Bulletin” on your regular envelope in the Other box.
REMEMBER TO PAY FOR YOUR FLOWERS OR BULLETINS!
Dec 1   By Donna Hanson
in memory of parents
Rev. & Mrs. Harold E. Larsen.   In memory of Eugene Borgeson.
Dec 8   By the Jensen Family in memory of Frank Luck.   In loving memory of father/ grandfather George A. Raica from the Hauser Family.
Dec 15   By the Jensen Family in celebration of David’s birthday.   In memory of Eugene Borgeson.
Dec 22   In memory of Eugene Borgeson.   In memory of Eugene Borgeson.
Dec. 24 & 25   Poinsettias will be on display on the altar for the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day worship services. Order forms are available in the Sunday bulletins, or contact the office directly.
Dec 29   In memory of Eugene Borgeson.   In memory of Eugene Borgeson.

CALENDAR
See


MESSAGES
Poinsettias for Sale! $11 each
Orders due by December 15th. Watch for order forms in the Sunday bulletins beginning in December 1st or call the office to place an order.
IMPORTANT NOTICE!!
We will be offering multicolored plants again this year … regular red, plus marble, white, and pink. You may select the color you want when you take the plant home on Christmas Eve/Day. We are NOT taking requests for specific colors on the order form … this will be first come-first served when you pick up the plant.
   
New Phone Directory
Coming in 2013
We will be publishing a new directory (not pictures, just info) that will be available at the Annual Meeting. If your information in the current directory has changed, or you’d like to add a phone number or email address to your listing, please let the office know asap.

MANNA ORDER DATES
FOR DECEMBER THERE IS ONLY ONE MANNA ORDER DATE – DECEMBER 8.
LAST MINUTE SHOPPING DONE IN A SNAP, AND IT BENEFITS MESSIAH!   

CLOSED!
The Church Office will be closed Wednesday Dec 25th and
Jan 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
The Child Care Center will closed Monday Dec 23rd through Friday Dec 27th and again on Wednesday
January 1st.

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MESSIAH MINISTRIES

REV. PHIL KNUTSON DECEMBER LETTER
Dear friends –
During the past few months I have been privileged to visit and work with companion churches in diverse settings and projects across Southern Africa.
… read the whole letter on line …
As I meet and work with companion churches in Southern African and with companion synod visitors from the ELCA I always stress that it is not the color of your skin, country of origin or a plane ticket that makes you a missionary but your baptism. By God’s grace we are all claimed and called through baptism, gathered, equipped and sent to participate in God’s mission locally and globally for the sake of the world.
Thank you for your prayers and continued support through the ELCA’s Missionary Sponsorship program. We look forward to visiting our sponsoring congregations again in the summer of 2014.
May you have a blessed Advent and Christmas season.
Yours faithfully,
Philip Knutson, ELCA Global Mission. Regional Program Assistant – Southern Africa
Johannesburg, November 5, 2013   “GLORIA DEI” MUSIC NOTES

MUSIC NOTES
This year, the congregation has the opportunity to help pick hymns we sing at worship throughout the Christmas season: Christmas Eve 12/24 through 1/5/14. Using our hymnal, look at ELW #267 thru ELW #300, and please tell us your favorite hymn by including it on the “YES!” sheet in the bulletins for 12/1 and 12/8. We will sing your favorite at one of the services during the season, as we celebrate Christmas for more than just one day! ~ Sue Fox

Please note: There will be no Choir Rehearsal on Tuesday, December 24 or 31st – Merry Christmas!

YOUTH PAGE
SHOEBOX THANKS!
The Sunday School students were able to pack 8 shoeboxes of toys and other small times to send to children all over the world through Operation Christmas Child. Many thanks to the families who donated the shoebox items and those who donated the postage needed to send each box. We hope the boxes will bring joy to the children who receive them.
   
HOLIDAY LUNCHEON FUNDRAISER AND VARIETY SHOW!
For Friends & Family
December 15, after Worship @ 12pm
$5 Suggested Donation to raise funds for February Lutherdale Retreat for the Youth Group. The Youth Group will supply the food and the entertainment – they will bring their own potluck dishes, and perform several “variety acts” for your amusement!
A fun way to fellowship with our kids this Advent season!

MYDI NIGHT
Saturday, Dec. 14th from 6-8pm
We’ll work on our Variety Show, and have a great time!   
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MILESTONES
BIRTHDAYS
Melissa Holzer, 12/1
Mildred Anderson, 12/5
Rhonda Cady, 12/5
Kylie Benjamin, 12/6
Dorothy Pollack, 12/6
Lisa Francis, 12/7
Jennifer Hanson, 12/10
Aidan Loverme, 12/14
David Jensen, 12/18
Bobby Hanson, 12/19
Marlyn Wenn, 12/22
Neena Penumaka, 12/23
Andrew Travis, 12/24
Laura Olson, 12/27
Marcella Larson, 12/28
Paul Stolz Jr., 12/28
Laura Hauser, 12/31

ANNIVERSARIES
None in December

LEADERSHIP
STAFF
Pastor: Rev. Lynne Morrow
Coordinator/Music Ministry: Sue Fox
Child Care Center Director: Karen Black
Office Admin: Jennifer Schneider
Bookkeeper: Helen Levy
Property Coordinator: David Hanson

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
President:   Rich Levy
Vice President:    Neena Penumaka
Secretary:    Stephanie Yager
Treasurer:    Larry Ryczek
Financial Sec.:    Paul Holzer

MAP COMMITTEE
David Hanson, Bob Bisgard, Karen Black, Carol Hrodey, & Marilynn Duckett   

EXTENDED LEADERSHIP TEAM
The CHAT Room:   David Swanson/
Steve Yager
Altar Guild:   Sue Kopij, Cindy Norberg
Brotherhood:      Rich Seggeling
CCC Board Chair:   Ravi Penumaka
CCC Board Members:   Teresa Lippert, Laura Hauser, Pat Fragale, Connie Travis
Sunday School:   Julie Jensen
Confirmation/Youth:   Floyd Yager,
Julie Holzer
Manna Coordinators: Kathi Scheck, Diane Wilson
Women’s Service Group: Trudi Handzel,
Carol Hrodey
Property Team Coordinator: Dave Hanson
Stewardship & Mission: Andrew Travis
Worship Assistants:    David Swanson
Worship Readers:    Rich Levy
WoW Leader:     Jennie Read

MEMORIAL REPORT as of November 25, 2013
All gifts to the Memorial Fund are automatically acknowledged to the giver by a personal note, which includes a confirmation of the amount. Unless otherwise designated, all gifts go into the Property Reserve Fund. Addresses and envelope numbers on memorial cards or checks are much appreciated. The purpose of this report is to confirm that gifts are received and properly allocated. If you don’t see your gift listed here after 2 months, please contact Karen Black.
No memorials to report for November.

MESSIAH MOVIES   
THOR: THE DARK WORLD
(In Theaters Now)
Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
Sorry, folks, I wanted to review Disney’s Frozen for you this month, but it didn’t come out until too late! That being said, I was very glad to have seen Thor: The Dark World recently, and while it isn’t exactly a family film good for celebrating the coming Christmas season, it WAS a very enjoyable action flick with a deeper message about family.
In preparation for seeing Thor 2, I went back and watched Thor and The Avengers. The benefit to that was that the arc of the main characters’ development was very clear, and it is easy to see the personal journey of both our hero (Thor) and his nemesis brother (Loki).
Thor starts out as basically a punk and a bully, too full of himself and his position as heir to the throne to be the kind and wise man that is needed to be ruler. This third   installment of the story finds Thor becoming a strong just leader who has shouldered responsibilities to his people – but he misses the woman he loves, Jane Foster. He keeps an eye on her from Asgard, and when she disappears, he feels drawn to rush to her rescue.
Loki, on the other hand, is the trouble-making son who finds out early in the storyline that he is adopted from a cruel and frigid race and raised as a younger brother to Thor – envious of his brother’s gifts, deeply hurt at his parents’ betrayal, he tries to make his own mark on the universe by first taking over Asgard, and then by attacking the Earth directly. As Thor: The Dark World begins Loki is a prisoner, bitter and vengeful. Yet for his own reasons, he decides to join the fight against a nearly insurmountable foe.
It is the relationship between the brothers that I found most fascinating in this movie – the growth of both Loki and Thor drives the story forward. They have had their differences, but ultimately they have to trust each other to save our world and theirs.
This was a fantastically fun movie, full of great action sequences, funny bits and larger-than-life characters. I don’t recommend it for very young kids, but for 10 and up it was a great movie.

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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Please include the following individuals and families in your prayers this month: Hauser Family, Mary Norman, Jean Reeve, JoAnn Wood, Valerie Giorno, Hugh Williams, Cindy Decker, Jim O., Jim S., Anna P., Bernadette Yacopino, Tom Jason, Martin Ruterschmidt, Ruez Family, Janis, Toni Krawczyk, Maria Raica, Jean B., Arlene Baranowski, Cheryl Donahue, Pullaiah and Vijaya, Rosalie Lucarelli, Lynn Webb, Harold Hjelm, Kennet, Audrey Krell, Larry and Arlene Johnson, Judie Hernandez, Jairam, Richard Reeve, Gnanamari, Val Bowman, Richard Levy, Aidan Ray, and Minerva.   

PRAYERS ANSWERED
With joy we welcomed Erik Grove and Larry and Jeanne Dumerer as a new members at Messiah!

Blessings were asked for on the marriage of Stefanie Foresta and William Erdmann which took place October 27 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church. William is the son of Deaconess Cheryl Erdmann and the grandson of Millie Anderson.

Also, Steve Yager gave thanks in celebration of her niece Kristi to Josh, and the Ryczek family gives thanks for Lauren’s engagement!


We want to remember in our prayers military personnel (those known to us as well as those serving who are not known to us): Brandon Ajyek, Jason Koesler, Tim David, Lars Johnsen, Andreas Johnsen, Sam Krawitz, Jesse Olesen, Joey Rosequist, Cory Sandford, and Claudine Ward.   We also want to remember in prayer our college students: Nick Boomer, Art DeSchepper, Leah DeSchepper, Joe Ejnik, Peter Fox, Jenny Hanson, Tait Jensen, Daniel Kovach, Joe Levy, Holly Norberg, Jake Stolz, and Bryce Wildenauer.

DIRECTORY CHANGES
Please let the office know if you are moving! Thanks!
   
Cheryl Erdmann
4474 Hilltop Drive
Loves Park, IL 61111   


The Messiah
MESSENGER

1605 Vernon Avenue

Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
Phone: (847) 823-6984
Fax: (847) 823-6996
Child Care Center Phone: (847) 825-3767
E-mail: PastorLynne@messiahparkridge.org
Office@messiahparkridge.org
Homepage: www.messiahparkridge.org
Child Care Email: messiahchildcare@sbcglobal.net

 


 

 

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